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Statue of Marcus Whitman stands in the front lobby of Washington State’s capitol building. An exact replica exists in National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Democrats have proposed to remove the statues and replace them with a different honoree. -- Photo by Emma Scher, WNPA Olympia News Bureau
 In the front lobby of Washington State’s legislative building stands a larger-than-life bronze statue of Marcus Whitman, an exact replica of one located in the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C.  This, and other commemorations of Whitman, have come under recent debate about whether or not...
• Petitions for a convention of states to amend the constitution • Would require presidential candidates to release tax returns before primary • Would automatically restore felons’ voting rights when released   A measure calling for a constitutional amendment and laws  that would tackle felon...
    Law would establish Office of Equity in Washington state     Growing diversity in Washington warrants Office of Equity OLYMPIA―A group of 46 Democratic representatives aims to create an Office of Equity in Washington state to promote access to equitable opportunities and reduce racial and...
OLYMPIA - Addressing the need for a new airport and encouraging the growth of the aviation profession was the topic of proposed legislation and public testimony, Thursday, at the House of Representatives Transportation Committee. The house heard four aviation specific bills all sponsored by the...
Olympia - Some convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession may be able to apply to have the crime vacated from their records.  Individuals would qualify to apply for the vacation if they were at least 21 years old at the time of offense, were convicted under Washington state law, and the...
• Tiny homes are an affordable housing option • Difficult to zone in both urban and rural communities • Soap Lake Mayor discusses his zoning experience Olympia - Tiny houses are a trendy new housing option that are often considered affordable; however zoning requirements and other laws make them...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) has announced that he has been appointed by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to serve on the bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. The Select Committee was established at the start of the 116th Congress to...
    Would make recommendations to Legislature this year     Seeks to make to make tax system that “better serves” Washington residents A proposal by Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill, would create a Washington state revenue reform task force to review the state tax system and make...
    Creation of statewide threat assessment best-practices     Adds School Resource Officer training standards  School resource officers, threat assessments, and statewide school safety best practices are all topics of proposed legislation this year, however, none of the five bills are...
    Changes the definitions of agency and legislature in state Public Records Act     Creates new permanent exemptions for withholding records     Distinguishes legislators from other elected public officials  Legislation proposed on the last day of January would largely exempt state...

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